Noted Bigot’s “Superman” Story Shelved after Artist Bows out
It’s official; Orson Scott Card’s contribution to the Superman legacy has been shelved. You guys might recall my previous article about this issue, and I stand by what I wrote; I do not think that an admitted bigot, whether bigoted for religious reasons or no, is qualified to write for the comic universe’s greatest symbol of truth, justice, and equality, especially given Card’s history of inserting his politics into his stories. I was pretty fucking angry when I heard he’d been hired to write this story, regardless of how talented an author he is (or was; his recent history has been less than stellar).
As it turns out, I was far from the only person who was pissed. Petitions were written, some stores vowed not to sell the book, while others said they would donate all the profits from sales to LGBT charities. DC remained fairly silent on the issue, and it looked like the issue was going to go ahead…until today. today was when Chris Sprouse, the artist slated to illustrate the story, walked away.
Sprouse has said that “The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that’s something I wasn’t comfortable with. My relationship with DC Comics remains as strong as ever and I look forward to my next project with them.”
In the wake of this, DC has said that they are looking for another artist, but in the meantime, Card’s story has been indefinitely shelved. The anthology The Adventures of Superman, in which the story was due to appear, will go ahead as planned, but Card’s story will be replaced by one written and drawn by Superman veterans Jeff Parker and Chris Samnee. In addition, DC has been very gracious in reaction to Sprouse’s decision, stating that “We fully support, understand and respect Chris’s decision to step back from his Adventures of Superman assignment. Chris is a hugely talented artist, and we’re excited to work with him on his next DC Comics project.”
Good on you, DC. Supes would be proud. And it’s my personal hope that Orson Scott Card will learn from this, and start to see that his views are bigoted, ugly, and increasingly not tolerated by society as a whole, particularly in the circles he works in.
But I doubt it.
EDIT: I should mention that the project hasn’t officially been “cancelled”, but rather postponed until DC can find another artist. I feel fairly comfortable calling it “dead”, however, since considering the shitstorm of controversy this whole mess has caused, I don’t see them finding a willing artist anytime soon. Unless Card adds a lot of naked women to his script and calls up Frank Miller.